Thursday, November 9, 2017

Inspired by Yana

Yana Smakula has a fabulous blog and makes fabulously designed cards that are delightful sources of clean-and-simple inspiration.

I found this card on Pinterest and just had to make my own version of it.

Pinterest Source and Yana's Blog Post

Yana's color combination is fabulous with her tropical foliage pretty! I love how the leaves and ferns poke out from under the sentiment panel. It's a fabulous design, so I went to my stamps to see what I had that might create a similar effect.

I grabbed Papertrey's Gathered Garden and went to work.

To get the placement right for my plants, I placed the birthday panel down on the blank card base and  drew light pencil marks at the corners. Occasionally, while stamping, I'd lay the birthday panel on the card and see how it was looking. That helped a lot. And I actually remembered to erase the pencil marks before attaching the panel to the base, so yay, me!

Note that the stamps I used are lighter and airier than the bolder images of Yana's card, which changes the design a bit. As a result, the tropical feel of Yana's card is replaced with more of an English garden feel. Most of the colors are the same as Yana's, but I added a brighter blue to give more weight to some of the images. I think my tweak in color adds more energy...which was needed for the lighter stamps.

I'd planned on adding bling as an echo of Yana's Nuvo drops, but my lighter images looked quite busy enough without bling, so I left it alone. I'm glad I did.

The sentiment works so well with the images. Love, love, love when that happens.

Many, many thanks to Yana for giving me such a beautiful source of inspiration!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,

stamps: Papertrey
ink: various dye inks
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: craft foam, glue, scallop scissors


  1. Susan,
    I just have to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate your creative thought and design knowledge you share, especially in taking an inspiration piece and how you draw from that and use what you have. What a treasure this is! Thankful for your blog -an early happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    1. Thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too!

  2. Thanks as always for sharing your inspired work, and please do tell: who makes the sentiment?

  3. The pairing of the light airy foliage, that wonderfully fun birthday sentiment and great blue/green colors makes one delightful card!
    Lu C

  4. Love both this card and Yana's but it's been bugging me that they reminded me of something else I'd seen. Found it: Probably can't post a link but take a look at the for Feb, 20, 2017. Uses Papertrey Leave it Be stamp set and very similar colors.

    1. Wow! That card is gorgeous! And I adore that stamp set...somehow missed it. I suspect if we looked hard enough, we'd find another, older card that has a bunch of foliage bursting out from behind a sentiment panel...and another...and another. Great minds do think alike. I'm going to buy that stamp set, so thanks for enabling!

  5. I love this card. It gives me hope for some of the odds and ends flower/leaf stamps that I have. The colors are very soothing....

  6. Pretty and pleasing to the eyes! Love this.


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